There is nothing more classic or comfy than a t-shirt and jeans. I am lucky enough to work at a company that has a year-round casual dress code, so my t-shirt collection has grown exponentially over the years. I feel that t-shirts, like bumper stickers, tell you a lot about a person – what their interests are, causes they believe in, their sense of humor, etc.
I am asked a lot where I get my t-shirts. Most of the time, I get them at one of the stores or online shopping sites listed below. They all have a great variety, good customer service, and a consistently good selection of shirts that cover pop culture stuff that I like.
What I like: They have a great selection of funny shirts, and usually have some kind of sale.
What’s not so great: If you don’t buy during a sale, the prices are a bit high for my taste. Also, they use a variety of manufacturers for their shirts, so the sizing is not consistent. Check the size chart on each item (and the snazzy photo feature they have showing each shirt on several body types) before you buy.
What I like: Usually the best part is that I am in Disneyland. If you aren’t able to jet off to the parks though, you can buy a lot of the same merchandise available on their website. The quality is good and they often have vintage-style designs, which I love.
What’s not so great: Like Busted Tees, Disney is a bit pricey in the t-shirt department. They also have inconsistent sizing, so make sure to check the size chart before you buy.
What I like: This is one of the few brick and mortar places I buy t-shirts on a regular basis, and so being able to actually try the shirt on before I buy it is great. They have one of the better selections of pop-culture shirts, usually from the 80s, so I can get my nostalgia fix.
What’s not so great: Their “women’s” sizes are for no woman I have ever known. In most stores, I can wear a M or L size, but at Hot Topic, I am usually buying an XL or XXL. I don’t shop here as much as I used to for this very reason, but I still get a shirt here and there from them, so they are still on my list of go-to stores…for now.
What I like: Like Hot Topic, I love that I can actually go to the store and try on my t-shirt before I buy it. They sizes are good, the shirts last well and don’t shrink up, and I can also get jeans while I am there. The shirts here usually revolve around superheroes, Star Wars, and cereal/food, so it’s the Jenny trifecta.
What’s not so great: The selection is small. At any given time, they usually have fewer than ten designs, so you have to check back seasonally to see what’s new. Also, not all of the styles are offered on the website, so if you can’t find your size in-store, the web is usually not a reliable back-up option.
What I like: This is hands-down my favorite of all the t-shirt store options, and the majority of my collection is from this site. Each shirt is designed by a different artist, and they have very obscure designs like the worm from Labyrinth that says “allo” designed in the style of Hello Kitty, Ron Swanson saying “Give me all the bacon and eggs you have” in the style of Dr. Seuss and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog in the style of a record album cover. The list is endless. They are good quality shirts with consistent sizing (they print all of them through the same manufacturer), you can pick the color you want to have the design on, and they are only $11.
What’s not so great: There are only two things that I would say are “issues.” The first, and it’s also one of the cool things about the site, is that each shirt is only available for 24 hours. If you miss it, it’s usually gone. (UPDATE: TeeFury added a newer feature where you can purchase a selection of previously sold designs, at a higher price, in its Gallery page – score!) The only other challenge is that, although they have consistent sizing, you have to take a chance the first time you order and hope you used the sizing chart correctly. I found it to be accurate, and was correct in sizing with my first order.
My t-shirt collection embodies my varying taste in pop culture – it’s dominated by Star Wars, as well as a lot of sci-fi and cult shows (Firefly/Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), and things I loved as a kid. They are bright, colorful, and fun, which is how I like to think of myself.
What are some of your favorite t-shirts and what do they say about you? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below – I would love to hear from you!